Origin : Cuba
Format : Torpedo
Size : 140 x 20.64 mm (5.5 x 52)
Ring : 52
Price : ~$10 each
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Third review in the San Cristobal de la Habana series, the La Punta is a classic torpedo, part of the original 4 vitolas from the marca. Not as good as the Oficios, not disappointing as the Fuerza, this figurado deserves a good position in the overall leaderboard.
Although the wrapper does not appear to be uniformely colored, the first impression is positive. La Punta is what you expect a classic Cuban to look like, with the typical colorado wrapper and a skillfully made triple cap. Although the wrapper has a sweet smell to it, the pre-draw only reveals cedary notes.
The cigar took some time to light and this initial investment turned to be wise as the burn was flawless. La Punta produced slightly less smoke than I would have liked. I also must mention the fact that the wrapper, probably because of its thinness, cracked at one point - this didn't affect the smoking experience though.
La Punta starts out very woody then develops vegetal flavors. Medium-bodied throughout the whole cigar, it lacks complexity in the first third but makes up for it in the 2/3 - the flavors become deeper and there are some very nice toasted notes in the bouquet. Here and there, some spice and fruits (dried fruits? cherry?) pleasantly diversify the flavor profile.
Overall Rating :
Definitely worth a try, the San Cristobal de la Habana La Punta turned out to be a classic Cuban torpedo that, although it won't blow you away, will give you 60-80 minutes of satisfaction.